Willy DeVille - Venus Of The Docks (Live In Bremen 2008) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:14:40 | 553 / 176 Mb
Genre: Latin, Blues Rock, R'n'B / Label: M. i. G. - music GmbH
At the time of this live recording, February, 2008, Willy DeVille was clean and sober, and had been for a few years, yet he still seems delightfully deranged, screaming and squawking between songs, still emitting a strange voodoo attraction that seems to channel James Brown (minus the overblown theatrics), Dr John and Tom Waits, despite DeVille unkindly describing Waits thus in 2007: "He's a friend of mine but I've never really listened to him - He always sounds like he's goofing, You remember Emmett Kelly, the tramp clown who wore the top hat? He kind of reminds me of him in a funny way - He's the funny drunk at the end of the bar. But when Willy sings 'Try stealing a guitar that's strung with barbed wire, Ripping them strings like your fingers' on fire', on his own 'Muddy Waters Rose Out Of The Mississippi Mud' you instinctively feel his connection to the blues, the South, to the old, weird Antebellum America, and even earlier before Manifest Destiny masquerading as Lady Liberty stole the Mexican land and incorporated it into the growing United States. Despite being raised in New York this is his America. It's all there to hear, too, in 'Spanish Stroll', 'Chieva', and 'Demasiado Corazon'. At his heart he's still the entertainer, the showman, the raconteur, the musician and with exhilarating, thrilling and powerfully individualistic covers of 'Trouble In Mind', 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Hey Joe!', it feels like he's speaking from personal experience each and every time.